English is till not widely used in Vung Tau except at hotels. When taking a taxi it is always advisable to ask the receptionist to help you write your intended destination in Vietnamese and bring along a hotel card. The taxi drivers here are very obliging and says 'yes' to everything but in actual fact they may not understand where you really want to go!
Bac Dinh - White Villa
The White Villa commands a beautiful view of Vung Tau city and its bay. It was built by a French governor. King Thanh Thai and King Duy Tan were also held here for some years. It is now a museum housing artefacts and items saved from shipwrecks off the coast of Vung Tau.
Entrance fees - VND5,000
The Asian markets just too much! (outside)
Meet people outside the market! On the streets around the market hall are many vendors, and I photographed some of them. Their life is probably not easy, but they do not complain, they have a sort of feeling for happiness, they laugh and smile, and this is contagious! And close looks show funny scenes, like this lady on the main picture, wearing a base ball cap under her conical hat; the blue on the second picture had this contagious laugh! Look tells the one to the other he is photographing you! (picture 3). Outside the market are also busy drinks vendors having all their shop on wheels (picture 4) and some bikes are just “buried” under the goods (Baskets) they transport (picture 5). Just open your eyes, there is always something to see!
Vung Tau was a fairly nice place to visit in October. Took the boat out from HCMC. It was very hot and we spent most days on the beach relaxing. Not a lot of tourism there yet. However, as it is so close to HCMC, it has a lot of potential. We found an excellent restaurant up the beach a ways. It was nice just to sit and relax and enjoy the fantastic food.
One of the things to do in Vung Tau, besides the beach, was to climb the Jesus mountain. We decided to climb mid-day (the statue itself was closed for lunch). I am not religious....but I did feel quite out of body when I reached the top in 90 plus degree whether. Great view from the top and me and my friend had the place to ourselves (besides one group of, curiously, Chinese tourists). Bring Water!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Fishing with the locals"
We were fortunate enough to meet some of the locals who took us around the town. Besides the great food, there's not much to do in Vung Tau city proper. One day we all went to a stocked fishing pond. Don't worry, they serve you great food even if you don't catch anything (we didn't). More like a restaurant with an activity.